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Salisbury's Main Street To Get Complete Makeover

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SALISBURY, Md. - Talk of downtown revitalization is nothing new, especially in the city of Salisbury. But Wednesday evening, city leaders detailed a preliminary design on significant new plans for the downtown area.

It's called the Main Street Master Plan. From route 13 all the way down to Market Street, Main Street is getting a complete makeover.

"This is Main Street. It is the main street in our city. So we've got to invest in this," Salisbury City Council President Jake Day said.

"We'll be doing new sidewalks, new paving, crosswalks, landscape areas, new benches and lights, and we'll be replacing all the utilities," Deputy Director of Public Works Amanda Pollack said.

One of the biggest changes: the direction of traffic on the downtown plaza.

"It will still be one way, but now it will go from westbound to eastbound. Changing the direction of the plaza brings people into downtown. Instead of a shortcut to get out quickly, we're bringing people in," Pollack said.

An upwards of $6 million over the next few years is a hefty investment, but one Jake Day says is long overdue.

"We have failing water and sewer pipes underneath, terracotta pipes that are over 100 years old – and those have to be dug up and replaced on the entirety of Main Street," he said.  

But some business owners are concerned that more landscaping will affect parking.

"We need more parking downtown!" Tim Spindler, owner of Mayabella's Pizzeria said.

Not only does he want more parking spaces, he's concerned about the design of the downtown plaza.

"We have an eating space right in front of our area. They have pushed that to the other side. Since that bump has been there, a part of that eatery establishment, it creates more space, more seating, which is necessary and vital specifically in the lunchtime arena for us," he said.

The design phase of the project should be completed by next May, and construction is expected to begin in the fall.

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